New VPs Gros, left, and Stevenson Great Dane

Great Dane appoints Gros, Stevenson VPs of manufacturing

Great Dane appointed Axel Gros and Jim Stevenson as new vice presidents of manufacturing this week.

In their new roles, Gros and Stevenson will focus on accelerating Great Dane’s implementation of continual improvement and lean manufacturing initiatives. 

Gros has been with Great Dane for five years, serving as director of manufacturing for five of the company’s trailer manufacturing facilities, which he will continue to oversee. Stevenson previously worked with Great Dane in a consulting capacity and now will be responsible for overseeing the company’s other four trailer manufacturing facilities.

“We continue to recruit leaders with proven track records of lean transformation to join our highly experienced executive team to accelerate our critical initiatives,” said Brian Sage, Great Dane’s executive vice president of manufacturing. “Creating sustainable improvements in safety, quality, on-time delivery and cost reduction are essential in establishing a competitive advantage in the future.”

Gros has over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. He brings an unparalleled blend of cross-functional international experience to his new role, notably in general management, business turnaround and product management, which will be instrumental in driving Great Dane’s organizational transformation.

Stevenson brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership, global lean transformation, production systems, quality management and operational management. In previous roles, he was responsible for managing remanufacturing and fabrication facilities, leading production quality programs and guiding lean transformations at more than 40 facilities in six countries.


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